Autumn”A man shall have his seasons as a leaf upon a tree” : should be a painting ! from a traditional English folk song often played in East Sussex when I lived there building boats. I don’t recall the title of the song. I made this photograph a few years astern while living in the … Read more

The Mayflower

Mayflower off Rame Head, painting progress 08.09.21, painting nearing completion. I still have the crew and rigging to add, the sea to complete then ‘tidy up’ so quite a few more hours to invest here. “The Mayflower off Rame Head, 40 x 63 cm (25 3/4″ x 15 3/4”). Mayflower is painted here simply because … Read more

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, Shanah Tovah, it’s New Year !

To all my many Jewish family, friends and colleagues, Shana Tova U’Metuka!
In Hebrew: שנה טובה‎; meaning “I wish you to have a good and sweet year”.
David’s Tower, Jerusalem 1984

A watercolour, now for sale, 23 x 30 cm (9″ x 12″) available £ 450, made during my first visit to Israel.

Discover more on my page “Israel Paintings“.

We don’t wish each other a “happy new year” so what does a Jewish New Year represent?
What is Jewish new year, for that matter who are Jews and what do they ‘stand’ for?

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Beach picnic yesterday with a couple of my neighbours 😃. Given a summer that many here in France call the worst they can remember, an invitation to picnic with the weather this week is just toooooo tempting to ignore.😉🙂 Now this morning, back to catching up on tasks delayed by the computer virus my p … Read more

Out of touch?

Please accept my apology if you have written to me or tried to phone in the past few days and I’ve not replied..
Heavy weather and problems … not unlike this painting which shows HM Sloop Racehorse returning from a voyage of discovery, out of contact and in difficulties.
“put preventer gammoning on bowsprit” her log book larconicly tells us.

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Internet on off

I’m able to use the Internet thanks to my good friend Mark, proprietor of the Hotel des Consuls here in Castelnau de Montmiral. However I’ve lots to do here, part business, part fun and games 😀   Of the latter, Castelnau de Montmiral is being prepared for a 4 night music festival starting tonight with … Read more

Concept sketches

Concept sketch, what is that😶?

Mauretania, Liverpool
Mauretania, concept sketch 1
Many of my most famous paintings started as concept sketches.
I’ll write more on this interesting subject over the coming month🙂.
In brief, a concept sketch can be anything from a ‘doodle’ to a near finished drawing, produced to explore ideas, composition and tones for a possible painting and very helpful when discussing a possible commission🙂.
Mauretania, concept sketch 2

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Idalia, lost yacht

‘Idalia’, a lost motor yacht, a question?

Motor Yacht ‘Idalia’ was built by the same yard as the ‘Titanic’, Harland & Wolff, Belfast.
If she survives she is an historic vessel, only two Harland & Wolff vessels are known to be still in existence.
M Y Idalia,
The Question is, does anyone know of her time based at Southampton, England, from 1959 while the property of Adrian Michael Berry, 3rd Viscount Camrose?🤔
Via my website and social media posts like this have lead to the recording for posterity and in several instances the saving of historic vessels.

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